Our Pastor

Rev. Cory Sparks PhD

Cory received his call to ministry on top of an abandoned porno theater in Matamoros, Mexico. It was being turned into a medical clinic and church. Cory left Mexico with a sense that ministries should bring healing to the whole person—body and soul. Now Cory is thrilled to be part of a St. Mark’s community that has had that same vision for more than a century.

In addition to pastoring St. Mark’s, Cory directs the Institute for Nonprofit Excellence of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations. In that role he strengthens nonprofits to strengthen the state. His work includes board development, fund development planning, and strategic planning.

He serves as President of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; Chair of the Commission on Stewardship of the Environment of the Louisiana Interchurch Conference; and Vice-President of Christian Renewal New Orleans, a group that networks local churches and faith-based organizations.

He and his wife, Melissa, have been married for 19 years. They have two daughters – Beatrix, age 14, and Ella, age 10.

Rev. Dr. Sparks holds an A.B. from Columbia University; an M.Div. from Southern Methodist University; and a Doctorate in American History from Louisiana State University. During seminary.


Karen Carr

Church Council Chair

"The people who worship here give a whole new meaning to one accord. We are all loving and kind and accepting of one another as we are. We accept everyone just as they are."

Reita Lawrence

Lay Leader

"There are things that are uniquely St. Mark's. People from all walks of life worshipping together is what I imagine the Kingdom of God looks like."

Larry Lydon

Worship Leader

"Praise the LORD.Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.  Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals." Psalms 150

"St. Mark's is a real church, with real people.  I can be myself."

Emma Sopko - Member

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